Rory McIlroy has a hate-love relationship with The Players

Rory McIlroy has a hate-love relationship with The Players

A win at Sawgrass could propel McIlroy back as high as number three in the world rankings, but others are after the number one spot occupied by Johnson with Thomas the man in prime position to challenge.

Jason Day of Australia reacts following his par putt on the 18th green during the final round to win the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 6, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Shaky iron play at the Masters and an ice-cold putter during last week's Wells Fargo Championship have stalled a comeback that had defied the odds and expectations. If you have ever watched him play, you will understand why. The coin commemorates THE PLAYERS Championship and features the iconic island 17th green on the side.

The PLAYERS Championship is often referred to as the fifth major on the PGA Tour because it annually hosts such a strong field - every member of the world's Top 50 is entered in 2018, the first such event with all of them since the 2016 U.S. Open - and offers massive prize money. He loves his mullet and hates the gym, so it's fair to say Pat Perez isn't your average PGA Tour pro.

Francesco Molinari - Francesco Molinari has finished in the top-25 in four of his last six events and could be that under the radar player who has won this tournament over the years.

What he strives for is being a dominant player, and that's proving more hard to do.

There are various landmark points in the PGA TOUR season, and with its May time slot THE PLAYERS Championship is one of the season's early highlights.

The 28-year-old felt confident as he prepared for his second appearance at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass after missing the cut in 2016.

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McIlroy said he now looks forward to The Players Championship, even though he has yet to finish closer than four shots of the victor.

"I learned to play the course a little bit better and reined myself in on some tee shots, and that's what has brought me a little bit of success here", he added.

One things for sure Pete dye the designer of these brutal courses wasn't letting up. Thought and precision must be combined on almost every shot to have success at Sawgrass.

Tiger Woods' foundation has been a beneficiary of The National in D.C., and Farner hopes the relationship Quicken Loans has built with Woods will help create a new chapter in Detroit. The last American victor was Rickie Fowler (+1800) in 2015.

"Last year's results don't really factor much at (TPC) Sawgrass". McIlroy is the +1200 Sports Interaction favourite this week even though he has never won the Players. "We'll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable". He has developed an unfortunate habit of getting to the top of the leaderboard after 36 holes and then spending the weekend shipping water, but he played some brilliant golf at Augusta when the heat was really on, and spoke positively afterwards about his experience.

"When I started playing golf, Tiger [Woods] and KJ Choi were my major role models, but I think I would choose KJ Choi because he's been a great golfer representing Korea, and I always wanted to be like him", he admitted ahead of his title defence of the player who had influenced him most.

"TPC Sawgrass is in awesome condition, it's in fantastic shape".

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